De-mining to start in Nicosia locations on 5 December
Nicosia, Dec 2 (CNA) -- UNDP-PFF Mine Action Centre will start de-mining operations in three new locations inside the buffer zone in Cyprus on Monday, 5 December 2005.
According to a press release issued here today by UNDP-PFF, the minefields are located inside the buffer zone, 200 metres northwest of the Ledra Palace Hotl, 300 metres northwest of Chrysoliniotissa area (Nicosia Old City) and north of the State Prison (Ayios Domethios).
Traffic and activities in the city centre will not be affected, as the operations will take place at a safe remove inside the buffer zone, the press release notes, adding nevertheless a 100-metre safety cordon will be placed around the minefields daily from 0700 to 1600.
For safety and security reasons, the de-mining programme recommends that the public comply with the instructions of the relevant authorities, the press release adds.
Since November 2004, the Mine Action Centre, in close collaboration with UNFICYP, has cleared 15 minefields, totalling more than 600,000 square metres, and has destroyed 2,242 mines.
The programme, funded by the European Union, is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the umbrella of the Partnership for the Future (PFF) programme.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.